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CBD has been placed in almost every class of product under the sun, from skincare products with CBD, to CBD gummies, to CBD dog treats. If it goes onto or into your body, there’s probably a variant made with CBD. How can you choose which one is best for you? Here are some of the questions you should ask before purchasing any CBD products:
Is This Dosage Right for Me?
Finding your proper dosage is important. Unfortunately, the amount of CBD for your needs isn’t one size fits all. Some CBD products, particularly CBD hemp oils, can contain very high amounts of CBD. If you’re a seasoned veteran, a cannabidiol connoisseur, you’ll know which dosage is right for you. If you’re new to the game, it may be best to try CBD products that aren’t so highly concentrated until you can find your proper dosage. Start with one dose of a low concentration product, then see how you react to two doses at once, then three, etc. Keep a journal and record how your body and mind react to various dosages. It won’t be long until you find the sweet spot!
Are There Independent Lab Results Verifying This Hemp Product?
If you know your correct CBD dosage, you’ll need to make sure that you can trust the products that you purchase to provide it consistently. What is printed on the label isn’t always what you receive with CBD products. In a recent study done by the FDA, of the 102 products they tested that claimed a specific amount of CBD, only 45 percent of them contained levels within 20 percent of the amount claimed.1
Some companies will have a CBD Certificate Analysis done by a third party to verify what exactly is inside of the products they offer. This third-party lab test will provide information on things such as cannabinoid levels, terpene levels, and heavy metals or pesticides that have made their way into the final product.
Was This CBD Extract Product Made With the Full Spectrum?
CBD hemp products may contain more than just CBD. A full-spectrum CBD product contains all of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes of the hemp from which it was extracted. When taken at once, the full spectrum is believed to create the “entourage effect.” This effect is synergistic, and it is believed that the sum of the potential hemp benefits will be greater than the total benefits received when each component is taken individually.2
Some CBD products may contain a broad spectrum, not the full spectrum of flavonoids, terpenes, and cannabinoids, but more than just pure CBD isolate.
Will This CBD Product Make Me High?
Part of the spectrum of cannabis extracts is THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the effect of being high. If your CBD product has high concentrations of THC, it could potentially make you high. By federal law, hemp products are not to contain higher than 0.3% THC for this reason. If you live in states where medicinal or recreational cannabis is legal, keep a watchful eye on THC levels within CBD products.
How Was the CBD Extracted?
Hemp extracts are obtained from a few different methods. Generally speaking, CO2 extraction is superior because it is efficient and doesn’t leave solvents in the end product. Other methods, like alcohol extractions, leave undesirable compounds that may end up affecting the quality of the end product.
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2Ben-Shabat S, Fride E, Sheskin T, Tamiri T, Rhee MH, Vogel Z, Bisogno T, De Petrocellis L, Di Marzo V, Mechoulam R. An entourage effect: inactive endogenous fatty acid glycerol esters enhance 2-arachidonoyl-glycerol cannabinoid activity. Eur J Pharmacol. 1998 Jul 17;353(1):23-31. doi: 10.1016/s0014-2999(98)00392-6. PMID: 9721036.